Tru Patient Stories

Meet Rayna, Katelyn, and Lauren, real patients who would like to share their stories – and how their experience taught them the importance of getting vaccinated against MenB.

Typical adolescent and young adult sharing behaviors increase the risk of MenB.2-5

Your adolescent and young adult patients share many things. Unfortunately, their typical behaviors, like group activities, sharing cups, drinks, utensils, close-quartered living and kissing, increase MenB risk.2-5


The impact of MenB

MenB is uncommon, but potentially fatal, and early symptoms may seem like the flu.2,6

Early symptoms—such as nausea and vomiting—of MenB may be misinterpreted as the flu, delaying adolescents and young adults from seeking immediate medical attention and making diagnosis challenging. In fact, the average time before adolescents and young adults are taken to a hospital is 12 to 19 hours.7-9

  • In 24 hours MenB can kill.7

  • ~10% of MenB cases lead to death, even with
    appropriate antibiotic therapy.10

  • ~20% of those who survive MenB will have permanent
    or long-term sequelae
    such as7,11:

    • Motor impairment
    • Limb amputations
    • Hearing impairment
    • Skin scarring
    • Neurological dysfunction
  • From 2011 to 2019, MenB has been responsible for 
    all US college outbreaks of meningococcal disease.12

  • MenB remains unpredictable; ~98% of all meningococcal disease cases are sporadic.13

Why adolescents and young adults?

  • Among 10 through 25 year olds, the incidence of MenB peaks around 19 years of age.14

  • While uncommon, MenB accounts for approximately 62% of all meningococcal disease cases in persons 16 to 23 years of age in the United States.15,16*

*Approximately 50 to 60 cases of MenB are reported annually in adolescents and young adults in the US.16
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